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Posted: 8/25/2005 8:41:36 AM EDT
www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2005-08-25/goods_next.php




"NOW Magazine - The Goods in Toronto, AUGUST 25 - 31, 2005"

Technology
Guns are getting smarter
New developments help keep track of what's doing the shooting
By JOSEPH WILSON

A gun is a pretty simple technology: a chamber, a projectile and a controlled explosion. Recently, amidst the media's frenzied search for an explanation for our flurry of American-style shootings, the high-tech sector has weighed in with some solutions to gun violence that update the centuries-old version with some 21st-century tech.

"Smart guns" are firearms that only let pre-approved people pull the trigger. They pop up in the media every time a research firm gets close to testing a version that actually works.

Last year the New Jersey Institute of Technology turned the hype into reality and trained five New Jersey police officers with handguns that recognized their owners' hold on the grip. Tiny sensors in the grip memorize muscle positioning and refuse to let a strange hand pull the trigger.

The research and development of smart gun technology is being fuelled by legislation passed in New Jersey in December 2002 that requires all handguns sold in that state to contain some sort of user recognition feature three years after the first version hits the market.

Other user-recognition systems are being tested as well. Toronto company Mytec Technologies Inc. has partnered up with Smith & Wesson to create a biometric smart gun. Mytec has developed something called the Infineon silicon finger-tip sensor, which compares the fingerprints of the person holding the gun to pre-approved patterns stored in the gun itself.

But guns themselves aren't the only things turning smart.

Guns aren't very effective without bullets, so another Canadian firm, Forensic Technology Inc., has focused on making bullets easier to trace. When a bullet is fired, it's inscribed with scratch marks from the explosion that can be matched to the gun that shot it.

Previously, this had to be done with a microscope in two dimensions, but thanks to Forensic Technology's Bullettrax-3D, this analysis can be performed in three dimensions on a computer screen.

The markings are cross-referenced in mere seconds with a database containing thousands of other such markings. Before new guns are ever sold, they can be tested on a firing range so that a bullet with the gun's signature scratch can be digitally scanned and added to the database.

It turns out that guns also have another characteristic that can be used to track them: they make a really loud bang. Illinois-based Safety Dynamics has developed security cameras that recognize the sound of a gun firing, turn toward the sound source and download images directly to police cruiser laptops.

On its website, the company claims its cameras can be trained to discriminate between the sounds of different gun manufacturers and even to discern the delicate clatter of guns being cocked or loaded.

The system, called Smart Sensor Enabled Neural Threat Recognition and Identification (SENTRI) has been installed at 45 sites in high-crime neighbourhoods in Chicago. They've been so effective that Chicago's gun-related crimes are currently at a 40-year low. The city has plans to install 35 more by year's end, and other cities, including San Francisco, Philadelphia and Los Angeles plan to test their own versions.

Although it might seem like an oxymoron to put the words "smart" and "gun" in the same sentence, some of these initiatives might be useful in stemming the continued horror of gun violence.



I swear what a crock of sheit! GOOD people are going to die from this nonsense as the SMART GUN BS grows and spreads through the lands. Anyone here think the BAD guys are going to USE SMART GUNS? NJCSD is here to help us ALL take a stand on this and other anti-gun and anti-personal defense issues and legislation.

Help us help you! Donate what you can to our non-profit citizens group.

www.njcsd.org/Funding/funding.html

We are the real deal, growing every day toward protecting our self-defense rights!

Thank you for the read.


Link Posted: 8/25/2005 9:02:23 AM EDT
Why do these companies feel the need to come up with catchy names that can be used to spell words with the firs tletter (SENTRI)?

And I will keep my dumb guns thankyouverymuch.....
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 9:16:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/25/2005 9:47:08 AM EDT by Rovert]
Dear ARFCOM'ers:

Please be aware that the New Jersey Coalition for Self Defense has been trying to combat this kind of nonsense from our very inception. We are an organization that understands the road to change is not with high-falootin' political dog-eat-dog nonsense, but a good old fashioned market savvy advertising campaign. Because that's how sheeple form their opinions about these issues - through the media.

Our mission is to de-escalate anti self-defense and anti-gun legislation in New Jersey through a systematic campaign of public awareness and re-education about First Principles of Liberty, the importance of RKBA and the danger of government run amok.

Please link to our press release from December of '02.
NJCSD Statement on SmartGuns

Also, you may recall a little "incident" that happened in Kingston NY a while back. There wasn't a SINGLE "gun rights" organization that stepped forward to stem the tide of FUD in the public's eye. Not the mighty NRA, not any other group. Just us. And, kindly note that the event didn't happen in New Jersey, to make the point that we care about EVERYONE'S rights, not just ours.
NJCSD Statement on Kingston Shooting

However, the sad reality is that we have to PAY for the kind of advertising to get our message of freedom out via public venues that the socio-communist-liberals get for free in the mainstream media. It costs us $100 for a press release sent out over the wire. It costs thousands for billboard advertising. And so on.

We can't do it without your help.

The NJCSD is calling on ALL FREEDOM LOVING AMERICANS to help us fight the fight HERE IN NEW JERSEY, because WHAT HAPPENS HERE HURTS YOU OUT THERE.

For all you guys that often respond with the remark that we ought to just move, the problem is that the enemies of freedom never rest. Cancer must be treated at the source of the tumor, not addressed by eating more broccoli at dinner. And running away doesn't help - because they'll just follow us. One of the most vitriolic anti-gun lobbyists; Bryan Miller of CeaseFire NJ is now expanding into PA.

If you guys in TX and PA and other presently "gun-friendly" states think that you're safe, think again, because you're dead wrong. If you don't reach deep to help cure the disease here, it will eventually spread to you guys out there. Keep in mind that the '94AWB was modelled in large part after the NJ AWB during the Florio administration, when every black rifle owner became a felon with the stroke of a pen.

This is a message and concept that other "gun rights" groups fail to understand. Rust never sleeps, and while the other organizations are polishing the rest of the car, the chassis is rotting out from underneath. We here at the NJCSD are OUTRAGED by this constant violation of our ABSOLUTE RIGHTS, and we're ready and willing to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, and do it in a way that's never been done before. Unfortunately, we may be ready and willing, but we're not able.

Reality check: Freedom isn't free, and all this costs money.

Please contact our Membership Director (whom many of you know) with any questions you might have by Emailing him at: membership@njcsd.org or feel free to join us this weekend for an informal "meet and greet" in Barnegat NJ this coming Saturday the 27th.

More info here:
NJCSD Bulletin Board

Remember, the rights you save will be your very own.

Regards,
Robert Kreisler
President
New Jersey Coalition for Self Defense
www.njcsd.org


Link Posted: 8/25/2005 9:17:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Hydguy:
Why do these companies feel the need to come up with catchy names that can be used to spell words with the firs tletter (SENTRI)?

And I will keep my dumb guns thankyouverymuch.....



You are right, these "Smart Guns" can't tell good guy from bad. The bad guys are going to have smart guns??? Not likely. Only the law abiding citizen will. These will malfunction at the worst possible time - think, MURPHY'S LAW.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 9:21:43 AM EDT
I have not even heard a theoretical "smart gun" technology that sounds trustworthy enough for me - let alone any one the crap that's actually been tested.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 10:09:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/25/2005 10:11:06 AM EDT by Lion_Dog]

Originally Posted By Wombat_SCSO:
I have not even heard a theoretical "smart gun" technology that sounds trustworthy enough for me - let alone any one the crap that's actually been tested.



You are CORRECT, if you look at the Microsoft business model: "Get it out there first we'll fix the "bugs" later." It doesn't mean that test trial statics will be true or accurate enough for them to stop them from forcing these upon the public. REMEMBER - LEOs will not be forced to use this, once again according to NJ law the LEO are exempt.

ET: some clarity added.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 11:17:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Wombat_SCSO:
I have not even heard a theoretical "smart gun" technology that sounds trustworthy enough for me - let alone any one the crap that's actually been tested.


The really ironic part of all of this "smart gun" nonsense was that it was originally intended for law enforcement. There was concern that police officers were having their guns taken away from them and used against them in confrontations, so they wanted to design something that would make it impossible for this to happen.

Of course, no technology is foolproof, and cops are no dummies. They want nothing to do with it. This hasn't stopped some enterprising politicians from trying to force it on the public, however, under the guise of "for the children".

And just for everyone's info, smart gun legislation passed in MD and NJ makes exceptions for law enforcement, military - and government employees.

Talk about creating a caste system.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 2:04:14 PM EDT
The idea of a "smart gun" was originally to keep police from having their own guns used against them (something like 1/3 of cops killed in line of duty are killed with their own weapons).

But NJ's smart gun legislation exempts police from having to use these unreliable guns.

What if you are wearing gloves because it is WINTER?

What if you have to shoot with your off hand because your strong hand is injured?

What if you have blood on your finger? a bandaid? a scab?

What if you need to use your partner's gun because yours malfunctioned and he no longer needs his?

What if your wife or other family members need to use your gun in a home defense situation?

What if it just does not work when you really need it?
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 2:07:30 PM EDT
Smart gun? Man, all I have is dumb guns.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 2:15:30 PM EDT
Ummm. Couldn't a criminal just buy a smart gun, open the grips, cut a few wires/break a few levers and make it "dumb" again?
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 2:17:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By happycynic:
Ummm. Couldn't a criminal just buy a smart gun, open the grips, cut a few wires/break a few levers and make it "dumb" again?


Or walk in to a police station and use somehting the size of a garage door opener to put all the cop's guns on safe?
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 2:20:00 PM EDT
Guys, all of these scearios are true. However, the more realistic probability is that all this legislation will do is cost the lives of law abiding citizens, and create a black market for "dumb guns".

Rather than throw banter around, I'm asking again for everyone's HELP to make a difference by contributing to the NJCSD. We can jaw about this until the cows come home, but the only thing that will make our points public, visible, and actionable, is by volunteering or donating to bring our message "to the streets".

Thanks!
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 2:24:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Dolomite:

Originally Posted By happycynic:
Ummm. Couldn't a criminal just buy a smart gun, open the grips, cut a few wires/break a few levers and make it "dumb" again?


Or walk in to a police station and use somehting the size of a garage door opener to put all the cop's guns on safe?




Link Posted: 8/25/2005 2:28:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/25/2005 2:30:26 PM EDT by FortyFiveAutomatic]

Originally Posted By happycynic:
Ummm. Couldn't a criminal just buy a smart gun, open the grips, cut a few wires/break a few levers and make it "dumb" again?



I can see it now. Internet software "Download hax 4 ur smart gun!!1!"

or a headline

"SENTRI Technology Sees Utter Failure With 'Hacked' Weapon Shooting Sprees."
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 2:28:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By A_Free_Man:
The idea of a "smart gun" was originally to keep police from having their own guns used against them (something like 1/3 of cops killed in line of duty are killed with their own weapons).

But NJ's smart gun legislation exempts police from having to use these unreliable guns.

What if you are wearing gloves because it is WINTER?

What if you have to shoot with your off hand because your strong hand is injured?

What if you have blood on your finger? a bandaid? a scab?

What if you need to use your partner's gun because yours malfunctioned and he no longer needs his?

What if your wife or other family members need to use your gun in a home defense situation?

What if it just does not work when you really need it?



You are 110% correct, this is another BS defacto way of disarming the law abiding citizen - - - starting with NJ.
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